Foggy mornings are back in UAE, drive carefully

Follow these tips and tricks to stay safe while driving on UAE roads during fog

There was no escaping the start of the foggy season in Dubai as residents could barely see two feet in front of them as thick fog covered the city on Thursday morning.

Thick fog engulfed parts of UAE as the weather department reported about fog over Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.

Though it may have made for great photo opportunities on social media, the heavy fog only added to the woes of motorists during the morning’s rush hour, with multiple accidents and traffic jams reported across the UAE.

Taking to Twitter, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) urged motorists to drive cautiously and advised that they should stop driving as soon as they find the conditions too difficult to maneuver in.
“During heavy fog, if you couldn’t continue driving, stop your vehicle off the road and turn on the waiting signals. #DriveSafely,” it tweeted.

And road safety expert Thomas Edelmann, managing director RoadSafetyUAE gave some handy tips for dealing with driving in these conditions.

“Driving in bad weather in the UAE is often linked to fog, rain or sand storms with low visibility and slippery road surfaces being the common denominators. Every year, we suffer pile-ups which are typically chain reactions: One accident occurs, sometimes just a small fender bender, and following motorists cannot avoid colliding with obstacles in front of them, due to the lack of proper distance, lack of attention or high speeds. Motorists need to be extra alert, keep the proper distance to the vehicle in front and adjust their speed accordingly,” he said.

Follow these tips and tricks to stay safe while driving on UAE roads during fog

> Visibility down = Slow down = Attention up = Distance up

> Increase the distance to the vehicle in front to five seconds – you must be able to stop within the distance of visibility!

> Turn on the lights: Low beam head lights, front and rear fog lights (no hazard lights!)

> Consider longer breaking distances due to wet or slippery roads

> Use your windscreen wipers (and maintain them properly!)

> Concentrate and do not get dis-tracted by your passengers, your phone or other things

> Listen to the radio for traffic updates

> Care for others, especially for weaker traffic participants like motorcycle drivers, bicycle riders and pedestrians

> Ask your passengers to help keep an eye out for oncoming cars and obstacles on the road

> Stay in your lane and don’t drift – there’s a natural tendency to wander into the middle of the road when visibility gets bad.

> Use right edge of the road as a guide – this can help you avoid running into oncoming traffic or being blinded by oncoming headlights.

> If you have no visibility, pull over to the side of the road, stop and turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers of where you are, or pull into petrol stations or rest areas.

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